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ECU taking the lead in mental health simulated learning

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

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ECU has been working on a new national project entitled ‘The Use of Simulated Learning Environments in Clinical Psychology Curricula’ following the recent report by Health Workforce Australia (HWA) which examined the need to train healthcare professionals more efficiently and effectively through the adoption of new and innovative training techniques. 

Led by ECU’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Advancement) and Chair in Mental Health, Professor Cobie Rudd, and funded by HWA, the project will see an expert team working together to examine the validity and application of simulated learning environments in clinical psychology education.

Professor Rudd believes the program will give students realistic learning experiences, which will play a key role in ensuring they have the confidence and competence to enter the workforce after graduation.  

“An advantage of simulated learning environments is that they help provide education and training experiences to grow a future workforce that understands issues within a larger context, beyond clinical roles.”

“The project will work towards a national consensus on which aspects of clinical psychology programs can be delivered via simulated learning, and then provide recommendations on how to implement these programs on a national basis,” said Professor Rudd.

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox says the funding is tangible evidence of the strong national reputation of ECU’s research into the field of simulated learning.

“We are keen to use research as a springboard to launch solution-based proposals for change in mental health – and this project affords us that opportunity.”

This is the third simulated learning win for ECU, who in the past four months have won the lead for two other national projects, entitled; ‘The Use of Simulated Learning Environments in Nursing Curricula’ and The Use of Simulated Learning Environments in Paramedicine Curricula’.

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